A hiker in Thomaston came upon a very cold bald eagle on Wednesday that had an injured wing and couldn't fly according to nbcconnecticut.com.The hiker immediately reached out to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection or DEEP.

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Officer John Chickos from the state environmental conservation police responded and immediately wrapped the eagle in his jacket because it was found outdoors in the 20s. Officer Chickos drove the eagle to the Sharon Audubon Center, where X-rays were taken to determine the extent of damage to the wing.

Have you ever spotted an eagle soaring overhead? It's a mesmerizing sight. A bald eagle's wingspan is between 5 and 8 feet long, and with its white-colored head, they are easy to spot and fascinating to watch if you're lucky enough to catch them gliding through a clear sky.

According to the website, ducksters.com, the bald eagle is a bird of prey and helps itself to other small animals like rabbits and raccoons along with other small birds. They love to eat salmon and trout that are no match for the eagle because of their keen eyesight and sharp talons.

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Their nests are larger than any other North American bird with some measuring 13 feet deep and up to 8 feet wide and can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. Since 1782 the Bald Eagle has been the national emblem of the United States and a spiritual symbol for Native Americans long before Europeans arrived.

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